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Court opinion issued Jan. 8, 2015

Court Opinions (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Schwartz v. Drug Enforcement Admin. (E.D.N.Y) -- ordering the release of a video taken by a government surveillance plane depicting a drug interdiction operation in Honduras, rejecting the agency's reliance upon Exemption 7(E) except with respect to one redaction.

Jett v. Fed. Bureau of Investigation (D.D.C.) -- denying government's motion for reconsideration of court's decision that FBI's search had been inadequate.  Specifically, the court held that FBI could not categorically refuse to search for third-party records involving public corruption in a congressional election in light of D.C. Circuit precedent.  Further, the court found that FBI failed to offer any new evidence as to why it did not search its electronic surveillance files for telephone records. 

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.